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a live look outside this thursday morning. some people want to call it friday eve. that's a live picture of northwest. the cathedral in northwest washington d.c. i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. tucker barns. >> good morning, wisdom. a chance of showers this afternoon. temperatures 74 degrees at
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reagan national. you know what, better than yesterday but not comfortable. 72 in baltimore. looking at the satellite and radar, generally we have quiet conditions and clear skies. a lot of humidity. you see that lonesome thunderstorm that is the leading edge of cooler drier air trying to get in. i don't know how much it will succeed. partly sunny skies. sunny this morning then partly cloudy this afternoon. a little warmer than yesterday. more details coming up. checking the top stories, the debt talks at the white house. president obama invited congressional leaders for negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. there could be movement from both sides. some republicans are ready to agree on tax increases and "the washington post" says the white house may give in on cutting
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social security. casey anthony will be sentenced today for four counts of lying to police. she could be set free since she has spent three years in jail. a florida jury acquitted anthony of the three more serious charges including the murder of her daughter, 2-year- old caylee. members of the loudoun county board of supervisors plan to put out of the rail project if they have to build parking garages at the metro stops. a compromise plan would require the airport authority to have a less costly above ground station at dulles. the obama administration is warning foreign governments and u.s. airlines about a threat using terrorist bombers and explosives. bombs could be surgically implanted into their bodies. bob barnard has more. >> reporter: terrorists still have their sites set on blowing
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up a u.s. airliner. al-qaeda tried to blow up a delta airlines jet in detroit in 2009 with a young nigerian and a bomb in his underpants. >> if you look at the christmas day attacker, the only reason why his attack failed is because he didn't have the skills to stop the bomb. >> reporter: later after the september 11th terrorist attacks he was at logan airport in boston. >> if we consider this carrying a device inside the body as a realistic one and i suggest we should, we should use different measures. >> reporter: he said traditional screening and new body scanning technology won't do. it's designed not to penetrate the body. the idea with the scanners is the level of energy being used is so low that it will not have an effect over the human tissue. that is not very useful when
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the device is inside the body. >> reporter: because of the new threat, the tsa says, quote, passengers flying from international locations to u.s. destinations may notice additional security measures to include interaction with passengers in addition to the use of other screening methods such as pat downs and the use of enhanced tools and technologies. >> we have no real solution to this except one thing. that is the ability to look the terrorist in the eye and ask him a couple of questions and talk to him. >> reporter: it's what custom agents do to catch drug smugglers. >> if you have an interview by a skilled interviewer like the israelis use in their system, the probability that they will be exposed is extremely high. >> reporter: bob barnard, fox 5 news. a u.s. security official says this is new intelligence
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about a possible technique that could be used but there is nothing to believe that there is an imminent threat. all right. a live look outside at 4:2 this morning. that is the washingt monument. i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. let's get a check of the weather with tucker barns. >> we have been here five minutes and you mentioned the weekend twice. >> i have big plans this weekend. >> limping to the finish line getting up at 3:00 in the morning to do this job. today is more of the same, more humidity and a better chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms than yesterday. i can't guarantee that you will see one but with the frontal system that you see off to the north and the west. nothing is going on now. yesterday we had showers develop early.
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i don't think it will happen today. with the frontal system on the way, we have the possibility of showers and thunderstorms back in the forecast later this afternoon. temperatures, another muggy one. 74 reagan national. 72 at dulles. forecast today, more of the same, summery, humid, hot. highs in the low to mid-90s. more details and the weekend in a couple of minutes. >> i'm excited. >> and we will look at the tropics. >> they told me earlier it was the friday eve. it's no longer thursday, it's the eve of friday. >> when we go to julie, she has a name for evening. >> let's go to julie. is it friday eve. >> that's what i like to call it. i got inside information.
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>> don't believe everything tucker tells you. on the roads you will find that the lanes are open on 66 with no incidents reported. as you continue inbound and working from may nan says to the capital beltway, overnight work has cleared at nutley street and eastbound to the beltway. 66 is good over the bridge. no incidents to report on the spur. as you continue southbound to the outer loop. northbound looks good from the beltway to montrose road. lanes are open on 95 and 295 out of laurel. thank you. fox 5 is monitoring metro. we could find out about big changes from a decision on the dulles metro station. the design of the new rail cars and the changing of the names of some of those stations. we get the latest from sarah
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simmons. she is live at the foggy bottom metro station. >> as you know, there is a lot on the agenda for this big meeting at metro headquarters. one of the big topics is escalator and elevator outages. we are at the foggy bottom. there is working on this morning. we may be able to hear the crews back here. this is an issue for a lot of riders. that is one of the things they will talk about increasing on time preventative maintenance. so, that is something they will be addressing. along with metro getting feedback from several focus groups on the design of the new 7,000 series rail cars, the first are set to arrive next year for the silver line to dulles. along with that are the naming rights for some of the new metro stops on the line. there is talk about selling the rights, selling the naming rights to the stations but there is a policy to ban that.
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that will be on the agenda as well. a report was out in may on bus on time performance getting worse due to traffic congestion and detours. they will address that today to see how to cut down on those issues. they will be looking into additional bus service. they are looking at adding additional bus service from the pentagon to the mark center due to the brack process. they are talking about adding additional bus service, at a time when it's congested out there. there is a lot they need to get to. i imagine the meeting will be lengthy and at 9:00 at metro headquarters. that's the latest here. back to you. >> a lot on the agenda. thank you, very much, sarah simmons. new this morning, a car crashes into a diner in wheaton, maryland. the driver was heading southbound when for some
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unknown reason it took off, left the roadway, flew in the air and smashed into the building at university boulevard. so far no word on injuries or what may have caused the accident. prince george county mother karen murphy is charged with murder for for getting her child in a hot van. she left home june 17th with her 2-year-old strapped in his car seat and left him in the car the entire workday. she made the mistake in january but only remembered if the day car -- after the day care called her. casey anthony will learn her fate today. she is set to be sentenced on four counts of lying to police. each charge carries a maximum of one year in prison. the judge could set her free since she has spent three years in jail. a volunteer group that helped look for her daughter caylee is
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considering suing her. they spent $112,000 on the doomed search. >> jose baez opening statements were caylee was never missing. so, why did they call us y. did they put us through that. we don't ask for a penny more than what we spent on this. this can go back in our kitty to help other families in the future. >> anthony was acquitted of three more serious charges on tuesday including the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, caylee. lawyers and prosecutors in the roger clemens perjury trial continue picking the jury today. he is accused of lying to congress about taking steroids and is not on trial for actually taking the banned substance. prosecutors and defense lawyers are talking about bringing in wade boggss, barry bonds and mark mcgwire. there is a new twist in the law on gays in the military. a federal appeals court is
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telling the pentagon to stop the ban on openly gay service members. the policy of don't ask don't tell was declared unconstitutional but the supreme court decided to keep night place until the military can change their procedures. now the obama administration is in the unusual position of keeping it until it can be changed. obama invited lawmakers from both parties for more negotiations today. there could be real progress because senator jon kyl is behinding that they are maybe allowing some tax trade office and that "the washington post" is reporting that the white house may agree to cut some cuts in social security. joe biden will also attend the
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controversy son center -- verizon center to see the dalai lama. it celebrates the 76th birthday of the dalai lama. he said he doesn't think that is very important. >> in our tradition, we consider the death is more important than birthday. >> the event runs for 11 days. more allegations are mounting against the british tabloid news of the world. a private investigator said he helped the tabloid hack into the cell phone of a missing british teen nine years ago. now they are investigating whether the operatives hacked into the phones of london terror attacks in 2005. the police department is looking into evidence that the tabloid paid police officers for information. >> there is a major police
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investigation under way. it's one of the biggest police in way in our country and crucially, i hope members listen to this, it does not involve police officers who are involved in the original investigation. >> the daily telegraph is reporting the news of the world hacked the telephone numbers of deceased military personnel. news of the world is owned by news corp., the parent company of fox 5. the state of texas is about to execute a man who killed a teenager. his lawyers and the white house are asking for a stay because the prisoner was never told he could talk to the mexican consulate. we showed you yesterday incredible images of a dust storm. now the area has been hit by wild lightning. we have the video straight ahead. plus, a fox 5 undercover
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investigation on a disturbing trend. taxi drivers refusing to drop off in specific communities. tucker? >> a hot and humid day in store. also a chance for showers and thunderstorms. i will have the details on that and julie wright has a look at your on-time traffic. details in a minute. [ man ] did we get anything good?
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health risk now the big concern for people living near an oil spill. one resident said the fumes are so overwhelming the only way he can breath is to open the windows. the environmental protection agency said they may test the indoor air quality. in arizona, a massive sandstorm hit yesterday that covered phoenix and then this. lightning lighting up the sky. it cracked over over the city. the storm traveled 200 miles from the desert. it's amazing. they have big time drama as far as the weather is concerned. can you imagine you are in town for a couple of days and you see the big sandstorm and the next day you look up and there is lightning everywhere.
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>> last week 116. >> if you were there for those two days and last week, you are probably like i'm never coming here again. >> you have good stories. >> and good pictures. >> you won't believe what happened in phoenix. let's get to our forecast and the headline. i said headline and not headlines because i only have one. rain chances increase today, 30, 40 chance. better chance tomorrow. a frontal system will come through and a developing area of low pressure that will try to ride along it up the carolinas. let's get to some temperatures. here we go again. another muggy morning. 74 at reagan national. 74 in annapolis. 73 in hagerstown. stevensville, apparently you don't have numbers because i don't have any for you. yesterday wet early morning rain that helped put a damper on temperatures and we got into
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the upper 80s yesterday so it should be warmer today. there is a cold front which is not well-marked off to the north and west. see that lonesome little thunderstorm? there are indications that our frontal system is right there. this time of year the fronts aren't that strong. there you go, off to the north and west. as that sags into the hot and humid air mass we stand a decent chance of wildly scattered thunderstorms breaking out. with the frontal system here tomorrow, we will be in for a cloudy one tomorrow with periods of shower activity and temperatures in the 80s tomorrow. changes into friday. nice weekend. 43, partly sunny skies. winds out of the west at 5 to 10. later tonight, this is a familiar looking forecast, a thunderstorm warming overnight. winds out of the south and east 5 to 10 miles per hour. there is the five-day forecast. more showers and storms in the forecast tomorrow. saturday and sunday look great with sunshine and left
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humidity. monday back into the 440s. that's a look at weather. on-time traffic and julie wright has your latest. >> all right, tucker. on the roads you will find lanes are open. no incidents reported on the beltway between college park and bethesda. an easy trip on southbound 270 out of hyattstown to the truck scales. no incidents reported off 15 or 70 as you commit to the southbound commute. lanes are open on 355 out of frederick to damascus. no problems on 66. spare oaks heading eastbound, traffic volume is moving at speed. that's a check of your fox 5 on- time traffic. fox 5 going undercover to investigate taxi troubles. passengers unable to get a ride home because of where they live. tisha thompson is exposing the truth in this fox 5 investigation. >> reporter: getting a cab is
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supposed to be easy. get in, give your address. >> brandywine street. >> reporter: and you are on your way unless you are heading to a certain destination. >> sorry. >> i'm very sorry. >> what reason have i given you to refuse service. >> reporter: on most days otis carter takes the metro home. but when he's running late, he will sometimes spring for a cab. as soon as i get in the cab and they start to pull off then they ask me where are you going. where am i taking you today, sir? i say southeast washington then the problems begin. >> otis says drivers at king street have denied him a ride to southeast almost a half dozen times in the last two months. he contacted fox 5 after one called the cops on him. >> the officer came over and pretty much said he wouldn't deal with this and that he
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would like for me to take a walk and to find another cab. >> reporter: fox 5 decided to put alexandria's cab drivers to the test. using our photographer steve and our intern julian, the first to get in a cab. >> can you take me to southeast. >> reporter: the first driver is quick to put it into the gps. >> brandywine street. >> reporter: and doesn't hesitate to give him a ride. >> brandywine. >> reporter: others tell julian they can't find the address. from the very beginning steve gets denied. >> southeast. >> washington southeast? i'm not going there. >> did you refuse that ride to that passenger. >> which one. >> the man that got out of the
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cab, the black man. >> because i have to pick up my daughter from school. i am not able to make it at 6:00 because he wants me to go to d.c. >> i got that often. there is something wrong with my car which i've heard that. i don't know where that is. ask somebody else to take you. >> excuses aren't all right. they are just that, excuses. >> reporter: the executive director of the nonprofit center that tests taxi cabs for discrimination. >> you no longer say someone says i won't give you service because you are african- american but there are more subtle barriers of treatment that are thrown up instead. so, it is a problem. >> reporter: fox 5 discovered when the sun goes down -- >> i don't go there at this time. i'm sorry. >> the excuses turn into quick
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refuse sales. >> >> it's rough over there. >> what about anacostia. >> reporter: steve gets out. the driver takes off and steve tries the next cab. >> do you know the anacostia metro station is? >> not really. >> reporter: steve tries the third cab in line who finally gives him a ride. >> if they don't feel safe, then we understand and we are going to give a driver the benefit of the doubt but to say, gee, i don't like that location, that's not enough. >> reporter: chris spera is the deputy city attorney and in charge of investigating complaints against cab companies. he said city code is explicit.
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no driver of a taxi cab will refuse or neglect to convey any orderly person. >> you can't discriminate or you shouldn't northbound this line of work. >> reporter: he suspended a taxi driver last year for refusing to pick up a woman in a wheelchair. but the city has only received four refusal to carry complaints in the last 10 years. >> they tend to be dramatically under reported. they may not trust the government. they may be embarrassed. they may think they did something wrong or they may not want to make waves. >> all things that he grappled with before he called fox 5. >> we have to do something to make the change. it takes one person. i'm sure i am one of many who have gone through this type of thing. >> reporter: tisha thompson, fox 5 news. >> in all, four out of seven cabs refused us service.
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the equal rights center says since you can't rely on complaints to tell the whole story, cities like alexandria should conduct sting operations to combat this kind of discrimination. this story started with a tip. if you have something you want us to investigate, log on to if you have a verizon plan, you want to stay tuned. that is coming up in the next half hour. then sports headlines. this guy thought it would be a good idea to turn himself into a human home run. that is ridiculous. beth! hi. looking good! you've lost some weight. thanks! you noticed! you know these clothes are too big now, so i'm donating them. not going back there again.
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back with sports news. >> i can't wait. >> the washington nationals are turning into the cardiac kids. >> prior to last night's game with chicago, each of the last nine wins were either one run or extra innings. that is impressive. nats hosting the cubs. i watched as much as i could. game tied at 2. ryan simmer lane jacks a home run. game tied at 4. bottom of the 7th, manager dave very johnson calls for the squeeze. the bunt goes down perfectly to get the nats to score. exciting team. 5-4. let's talk hockey. troy brower will be in washington for two more years. he was acquired in a trade from the blackhawks about two weeks ago.
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the caps welcome jeff halpern to the team. he played for seven seasons with washington and was even captain during the 2005-2006 season. after moving around the league with the stars, lightning, kings and can iniad kahn iniad -- canadiens, he is back with his hometown team. >> being closer to my dad and family and them getting the chance to come to games and practices, it's great. i'm enjoying every year and going into every year is a chance to win a cup. >> nice. >> you have to see this. tuesday night, 6-year-old dave the bullet smith senior loaded himself into a canon to be shot out. the red sox single a affiliate scored 135